Springsteen to perform more albums in entirety

Wed Nov 4, 2009 3:03pm EST
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By David J. Prince

NEW YORK (Billboard) - Bruce Springsteen is dusting off his catalog once again, as he and the E Street Band have announced two more full-album performances this coming weekend at Madison Square Garden in New York.

On Saturday (November 7), the group will play the Boss' 1973 album "The Wild, The Innocent, and the E Street Shuffle" in its entirety for the first time; on Sunday (November 8) they'll tackle the 1980 double record "The River" from beginning to end for the first time.

Springsteen and company have made full album performances a hallmark of their 2009 fall tour, after a successful take on "Born to Run" in Chicago on September 20. Since then, the band has done "Born To Run, "Darkness on the Edge of Town" and "Born in the U.S.A." from start to finish at stops in Nashville and the 5-concert run that closed out Giants Stadium in New Jersey in October.

"Chicago convinced us that this was really worth doing," Springsteen's manager Jon Landau said in a statement before the New Jersey shows. "The audience was so supportive of the concept that it convinced us to go ahead with this."

The fall tour wraps up on November 22 in Buffalo, N.Y., when the band will take a lengthy break. The band appeared last weekend at Madison Square Garden as part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th anniversary concert.

According to a report in the New York Post, Springsteen is also working on his autobiography, which is expected to fetch a multi-million dollar publishing deal when it goes to auction.